I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Commissioner Roger Goodell this morning. Our conversation centered around the new draft format, keeping games competitive at the end of the regular season and maintaining the integrity of the game.
Of course, I couldn't let the Commissioner get away without asking him a Chiefs question.
I asked him why they chose to put the second Monday night opener in Kansas City, as opposed to the west coast, which has become the norm.
"Couple of reasons," he told me. "One is, this is the midwest so we have a little bit [of time difference]...it was a real chance for the Chiefs, who are opening a renovated stadium. They spent two years renovating it. It will give them a tremendous platform to do that.
"And I think it will really celebrate the game. In the midwest with great football fans, in a new facility....I think is just a great opportunity for everybody."
After spending some time with NFL folks, I can tell you Clark Hunt and his family are incredibly respected around the league so it's not much of a surprise that the league granted their request.